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Yes, There Are Best Practices

December 2, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The term “best practice” has admittedly been mis-used.  But I do not think it should be abandoned.  It is true that the term has been used to search for a common practice everyone in an organization should use.  Or worse, as an approach advisable to all organizations.  I do believe using best practices in this manner is not healthy and carries significant risks.  The irony is that many in the Agile community rail against this type of best practice while promoting those of their own.  For example, many Scrum consultants I know have several they hold to, including:


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Outline of Lean Seminar

November 16, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am doing a Lean seminar on Monday and was outlining it before committing it to powerpoint.  Thought folks might find this useful.

What if you could get what you wanted but you couldn’t get it by going directly after what you wanted?

What do we want? Value delivered quickly, efficiently, predictably and sustainably.  To achieve this, it like we need:

  • Low cost
  • High productivity
  • High quality
  • Predictability

But going after those doesn’t appear to work:


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How SAFe Is More Leading Edge than Some Would Have You Believe

November 15, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have been doing Scrum & XP for 13 years, Lean for 9, Kanban for 6 and SAFe (if you include our parallel version that predates SAFe) for 6. All methods/frameworks have challenges.  People have been taking easy potshots at SAFe, but here are some things it pays attention to several things that no other approach does.  Thought I'd list them here:


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Starting A Lean-Agile Transition

November 5, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There are several different ways to start a transition to Lean-Agile methods.  Before we describe them, however, I want to discuss why I say a transition to “Lean-Agile” and not just “Agile.”  Agile methods are very powerful and popular.  However, the Agile Manifesto, and most popular methods that drove its creation (e.g., Scrum, XP) are team based approaches.  While there is nothing wrong with a team based approach, one must remember that team based approaches are mostly applicable to teams.  The attempts to take Scrum to the enterprise via the team focused “Scrum-of-Scrums” has proven to


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The 21st Century IT Stonecutter's Parable

October 22, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I paraphrase an old story of stonecutters asked what they were doing.  The first answered - "I am making a block of stone."    The second - "I am making a wall."  The third - "I am making a church." The fourth answered "I am creating a place where people can embrace their spirit and be one with god."


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